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Beef Science Technology

Campus Location: Calmar

Program Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer

Award: Associate of Applied Science


The beef industry is a tremendous force in the world of food production. Beef is currently a highly valued food product that supports a highly technical and diversified industry. NICC provides the opportunity for students to learn skills that will prepare them to be contributing members of this rapidly changing industry. Career options include: beef procuring specialists, feed and nutrition consultants, cattle ranchers, feedlot managers, positions working with or at a veterinary clinics, industry jobs with AI firms, meat processors or beginning producers developing their own beef producing enterprises.

This program includes management training, classroom discussion, practical hands-on beef lab work and an on-the-job internship experience. In addition to beef production classes, students participate in required course work which includes: farm business management, agronomy, disease management, animal reproduction, reproductive techniques, agricultural markets and animal diagnostics. The successful student will gain useful skills in artificial insemination, pasture management, record keeping, farm financial management, decision making, calf care and management, cow care and management, feedlot management, feed and nutrition management, animal selection, genetics and marketing.

Beef Science Technology

Admissions Requirements:

  • Submission of your official high school transcript with ACT score.
  • Submission of transcript from any college or university previously attended.
  • Completion of ACCUPLACER assessment if necessary.

Beef Science Technology

Academic Requirements:

Minimum Credits: 74

View the printable Ed Plan.

Term 1
AGB:330 Farm Business Management 3.0
AGS:114 Survey of the Animal Industry¹ 2.0
AGS:218 Domestic Animal Physiology 4.0
AGS:226 Beef Cattle Science 3.0
AGS:244 Applied Animal Disease Prevention and Treatment 2.0
  Math Elective 3.0


Term 2
AGB:235 Intro to Agriculture Markets 3.0
AGB:333 Applied Farm Financial Management 2.0
AGS:101 Working with Animals 2.0
AGS:242 Animal Health 3.0
AGS:251 Beef Production Management 3.0
AGS:334 Applied Reproductive Techniques 2.0
SPC:112 Public Speaking 3.0


Term 3
AGS:830 Beef Production Internship 2.0


Term 4
AGA:114 Principles of Agronomy² 3.0
AGS:252 Fall Beef Cattle Science Lab 2.0
AGS:331 Animal Reproduction 3.0
AGS:353 Animal Genetics 3.0
AGS:354 Applied Animal Selection and Improvement 2.0
*BCA:xxx Computer Elective (transfer-level) 3.0
COM:723 Workplace Communications OR 3.0
ENG:105 Composition I 3.0


Term 5
AGA:212 Grain and Forage Crops 4.0
AGS:253 Spring Beef Cattle Science Lab 2.0
AGS:319 Animal Nutrition 3.0
AGS:326 Applied Ration Balancing and Feeding 2.0
AGS:944 Issues Facing Animal Science 1.0
* Psychology Elective (transfer-level) 3.0
* Science Elective (transfer-level) 3.0


Computer Elective:  BCA:212 recommended
Psychology Elective:  PSY:112 recommended
Science Elective: BIO:248 recommended

Articulation can be achieved by successfully passing an NICC Agriculture Department proficiency exam and taking the following at your high school:
¹Animal Science
²Crop Science

Beef Science Technology

Employment Information:

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Salary

  • $26,733 - $35,350 - Region 1: Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery and Greenhouse
  • $20,588 - $24,021 - Region 1: Farmworkers, Farm and Ranch Animals
  • $16,966 - $25,698 - Statewide: Animal Breeders
  • $40,793 - $76,741 - Statewide: Farmers, Ranchers and Other Agricultural Managers

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Annual Openings (Statewide)


Beef Science Technology

Additional Information:

Related Student Organizations

Rodeo Club, Postsecondary Agriculture Students, Dairy Science Club


Dairy Center, Cow-calf Facilities, Feedlot


Lenny Graves
Dean of Career and Technical Education
800.728.2256, ext. 240

Nate Gebel
Beef Science Technology Instructor
866.474.4692, ext. 105